The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says the confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 means the epidemic is far from over, but it could be brought under control within a few months, with proven public health measures.
“We also want to see a resumption of society and the economy, and a resumption of travel and trade,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gherbias said at a news briefing on Monday.
“But right now, in many countries, intensive care units are overflowing and people are dying – and this cannot be completely avoided.
“The epidemic of Kavid-19 is far away. But we have many reasons to be optimistic. The reduction in cases and deaths in the first two months of the year shows that the virus and its variants can be stopped, “he added.” The infection was driven by confusion, complacency and inconsistency in the public health system. “
India has surpassed Brazil to record the second largest infection in the world after the second largest wave fight in the world after the United States. India has given about 105 million vaccine doses to a population of 1.4 billion.
Maria Van Kerkhov, leader of the Kovid-1 The WHO team, told a news briefing that the epidemic was growing rapidly, with a nine percent increase last week, a seventh consecutive week and a five percent increase in mortality.
Tedros said that despite the constant transition to a few countries, restaurants and nightclubs were full and markets were open and very few people crowded with caution.
“Some people seem to be taking the view that if they’re relatively young, it doesn’t matter if they got Cavid-19,” he said.
‘Africa must increase vaccine production’
Meanwhile, African leaders and international health officials have called for expanding coronavirus vaccine production on the continent by building partnerships to increase efficiency and investment.
Africa has fought for the coronavirus vaccine and imported large quantities of its drugs and medical equipment, leaving it dependent on supplies abroad.
The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that its poorest countries are lagging behind the global coronavirus vaccine so far with 13 million doses for 1.3 billion people on the continent.
The director general of the World Trade Organization, Engoji Okonzo-Iwala, said on Monday that it was “morally irrevocable and a serious economic loss” that 1.1 people per 100 Africans received one vaccine, compared to 40 per 100 in North America.
“In a strong fall and a weak comeback, Africa will lose ground in other regions,” he said at a virtual conference hosted by the African Union. “So for growth, trade and livelihoods, we need to get vaccines for everyone we need.”
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the African Union’s Covid-19 response champion and leader of the African country infected with the coronavirus in case of infection and death, said the medium-term strategy should be to expand existing production facilities in regional centers.
“We need to build sustainable partnerships with entities in both the developed world as well as developing countries,” he said.
He added that African countries could seek guidance from countries like India and Brazil on how they developed the generic pharmaceutical industry.
Africa now imports 99 percent of all its vaccines, but imports should be reduced to about 40 percent by 2040, said John Nekengasong, director of the African CDC.
Okonzo-Ayela said long-term investment would be needed to create more productivity, but countries could offer incentives such as cutting tariffs on raw materials.
He urged WTO members to find “realistic results” of a proposal from India and South Africa to suspend vaccines and other medical patents during the CVV-19 epidemic at the speed of technology transfer to manufacturers with additional production capacity.
Tedros said health agencies call on manufacturers to remove access barriers to healthy products.
“We urge organizations to share knowledge,” he told the conference.